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All across the Great Western territory => Smoke and Mirrors => Topic started by: grahame on February 23, 2022, 09:23:43 am

Title: How much longer???
Post by: grahame on February 23, 2022, 09:23:43 am

Because of higher than usual levels of staff being absent or self-isolating due to Covid, a reduced temporary timetable came into effect on Saturday 8 January, ensuring that we can provide the majority of our usual, planned trains, and drastically reduce the number of short notice cancellations.

The temporary timetable will be updated on a weekly basis and is only expected to be in operation for a short time - until the impact of the Omicron variant has reduced.

I rather thought the impact HAD reduced ... SWR stepping back this week, Boris removing remaining legal restrictions, etc.  Yet I looked up the 06:36 for 3rd March on Real Time Trains (for a meeting in Salisbury) and find my first train from Melksham way too late - still at 09:10 (which does me no good for an 09:00 meeting in Salisbury.

The above page / temporary timetable is stated as being up to 25th Feb, but the industry databases seem to be suggesting it's in place for longer?  Is it ceasing to be temporary and do we start needing to ask questions so that the missing trains don't just die quietly?

Title: Re: How much longer???
Post by: bobm on February 23, 2022, 09:25:56 am
A meeting I was at a couple of weeks back suggested the normal timetable would resume from next Monday (28th).

Title: Re: How much longer???
Post by: bobm on February 25, 2022, 08:18:54 pm
GWR have now posted on their website details of their amended timetable from tomorrow “until further notice”.

It restores quite a lot of the long distance services but no change to TransWilts or some south western branch lines.

Title: Re: How much longer???
Post by: IndustryInsider on February 25, 2022, 08:43:53 pm
That will probably be that until the summer timetable I suspect.

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